Parent Information on FERPA and PII

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA provides certain rights for parents regarding their children’s educational records.  FERPA gives these rights to custodial and noncustodial parents alike, unless there is a court order, legally binding document, or State law that specifically provides to the contrary.

FERPA is a Federal law that is administered by the Student Privacy Policy Office and protects “education records.”  The rights provided by FERPA to a parent include, but are not limited to:

  • The right to inspect and review a child’s education records
  • The right to seek to amend the records
  • The right to consent to disclosure of PII (Personal Identification Information) from the records
  • The right to file a complaint regarding an alleged failure to comply with FERPA

For more information regarding FERPA, PII, and other student privacy issues, please visit the website at:

If you have questions about FERPA or need additional information, you may contact:

Student Privacy Policy Office, U. S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8520

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires each state to use a unified accountability model. School, district, and state report cards that contain the following accountability information must be produced and made available publicly.  In December 2015, NCLB was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA).

Title I, Part C Migrant

The Migrant Education Program is responsible for providing academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural and fishing industries.

Administration: The  Migrant Education Program (MEP) is administered by the following entities for the MDE:

Gabriella (Gabby) Davis M.A., Director
Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center
Mississippi State University
1223 Blackjack Road
P.O. Box 1575
Starkville, Mississippi 39762

Title III, English Learners (EL)

English Learners and Immigrant Youth

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provides statewide leadership in promoting high quality education for English Learners (EL) and Immigrant youth

Definition of an English Learner (EL)

An EL is a student:

  • who is aged 3-21;
  • who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school;
  • who was not born in the United States OR whose native language is a language other than English; and
  • where difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual-

–    the ability in meeting the State’s proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3);


In order to identify the rights of homeless youth and the criteria for homeless students as stated in the Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) , please click the link.  The homeless liasion for the Richton School District is the federal programs’ director .  You may click the homeless 2019 link or email


There is an area homeless coalition.  For information regarding the events and services contact:

DeMetra Bates, Case Manager

Project Recovery, Rapid Re-Housing

The University of Southern Mississippi

Institute for Disability Studies

118 College Dr. #5163

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Phone (601)-266-5853

 Fax (601)-266-5114

Toll free 1-888-671-0051

The Mississippi Department of Education state homeless director is Tiffany Jones. MDE contact number is 601-359-3499.